Mario Alexis Portella is a priest at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and is a Doctorate candidate in Utriusque Iuris (Civil and Canon Law) at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He received his Bachelor Degree in Government and Politics at St. John’s University in New York, where he taught as an Associate Professor. In addition, he holds a Master of Art in Medieval History from Fordham University, also in New York.


Abba Abraham Buruk Woldegaber, O. Cist., is a Cistercian monk from Eritrea who earned his Bachelor Degree in English from the University of Asmara. He was Director of the Cistercian Technical School in Mendida, Ethiopia and Prefect of Philosophy and Theology, as well as Rector of the Cistercian Minor Seminary, Asmara, Eritrea. He inspired the original research for the book.